The Bells of ABAC Chapel’s Chimes Ring After 5 Years of Silence

When the graduates of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College streamed out of Gressette Gym after the fall commencement ceremony last Thursday, they heard the chimes from the Chapel of All Faiths serenading them on their accomplishments. Silenced for the past five years because of technical problems, the chimes rang out loud and clear on a crisp blue-sky day as the graduates celebrated. ABAC Media Productions Coordinator Matthew Reid said it has been a long process to restore the music from the bell tower.  “It couldn’t have happened without everyone’s commitment and teamwork,” Reid said. Reid said the new digital system features a high-definition speaker that will produce a deeper sound throughout the front of the campus. “There are currently 5,000 song options, and we have the ability to add an additional 1,000 more,” Reid said. “It is truly a new technology to enhance an old system. We plan to ring the chimes on the hour just as they did when the chapel opened.” Reid said Paul Willis, vice president for finance and operations, was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition along with Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones, Fine Arts department head Susan Roe, and Chief Development Officer Deidre Martin.  Martin said restoring the chimes is only one step in a larger improvement plan for the chapel in the coming year. Donations from alumni and friends led by alumnus Tyron Spearman helped to get the project underway.

Source: Tifton Grapevine